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hillary clinton will finally testify today on events in benghazi. yes, yes, republicans are still -- the election is long gone, but they are they are trying to exploit the murder ofan an american am bats dor for cheap political purposes. they don't blame the terrorist who killed them. they blame the state department who nominated him in the obama administration. whose side are they on anyway? give them hell hillary today. give them hell. we will talk about that and more on the "full-court press." the latest: today's current news update lisa has it out in los angeles. >> hey bill majority leader is giving an ult mader. reid is giving mccog36 hours to come up with a plan, to about midday tomorrow. over the last few years we have seen a record number of
filibusters from republicans. now reid wants to shift the power to the minority, to require 41 members to vote to maintain a filibuster rather than the usual 60 votes to end it. many democrats and filibuster reform advocates are sponsoring that plan, calling it an effective middle path and a step in the right direction. if mcconnell refuse to see agree, reid says he is willing to pursue the constitutional option of changing the rules even without the usual two-thirds vote. republican senators are reintroducing a bill to eliminate obamacare's individual mandate. >> that's a crucial element to the president's affordable care act, allowing the plan to support itself only if everyone buys in. we have heard arguments from the very beginning that that sort of requirement is unconstitutional. house republicans have vowed they will no longer attempt to repeal it.
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>> broadcasting across the nation, on your radio and on current tv this is "the bill press show". >> republicans complain the president didn't reach out to them enough in his inaugural address. damn right he didn't. he won. they lost. he elections have consequences. right? what do you say? good morning, everybody. happy wednesday. it is wednesday, january 23rdrd. so good to see you today. you are looking good and thank you for joining us here on the full court press. how about it? we are coming to you live from
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peter ogburn and dan henning. hello, hello hello with fill back est and cyprian boulding on the video cam. dan, i want to play the clip from wolfgang puck. how about that? two weeks? the academy awards? it's about a month away. february 24th. wolfgang puck, whom i have met i have been to the original spango. he is the most famous chef in america. >> yeah. >> he has established a brand that has restaurants even in airports these days and et cetera in charge of the food for the governor's ball after the
ausc-arizona which is joe biden would say a bfd. >> he has been doing this for years. this is his gig. he does the food for the ausc-arizona >> bill: there is a range of options from this go from the most expensive to. >> all expensive. caviar is expensei. smoked salmon is reasonably expensive and a kale-artichoke sadly. >> give me the cheapest thin. >> i love kale and i love artichokes so i am good with that. >> bill: artichokes and kale. that will sounds like a healthy sadly. >> i am fine with it. it's not the most luxurious thing i would expect at an oscar party >> bill: i don't think these people are paying when they come to the oscar party. right? somebody has to sponsor that. i think he is talking about what
he is charging them. right. yeah. next time you go out to dinner look for the kale-artichoke sadly. >> maybe he is trying to make a point even he has to scale back. >> paul brandis who writes "the rest wing report" will join us later in the hour. next congressman sam farr good friend of the program and of mine and the head of catholic united, james salt to talk about some of the themes in the president's inhermanal address. now, we know beyonce wasn't really singing. do you care? but first. >> sean peyton was reinstated
after serving a year-long suspension for being part of the bounty hit program last year. the coach released a statement saying he was thankful to be on the job and takes responsibility for all aspects of his few football program and mistakes were indeed made. he looks forward to coaching the saints, thanks to his supporters. >> he is going to coach the saints? he said he still works for them and is working forward to it >> bill: we love redemption. >> it was quite an after party after the inaugural ball. the washington post supports katie perry and ashley judd and others were at the executive mansion until 2:30 in the morning partying it up. >> that's when katie perry tweeted she had been at the best party ever.
president obama and the first lady were there, too. no word on how late they stayed >> bill: i have been when bill clinton was in the white house, i have been to a white house after midnight partying and what bill and hillary disappeared earlier. >> when you party late at the whitehouse whitehouse, you know, those guests who don't leave and you are trying to shoo them out the door, secret service could kick you out. >> they didn't have that problem. i can tell you from personal experience. >> and lady gaga has been dethroned as the most followed person on twitter. >> is that the thing. >> the pope eater? >> he is not in the top 10, bill. justin beiber is now the most followed person on twitter. >> after he mooned. >> 33 million,333,000 followers
as of yesterday. only about 4,000 more than lady gaga and barack obama in number 5. hilda solis is still the secretary. a lot of friends of hers, a lot of her labor friends gathered to celebrate her tenure. she has done a great job as labor secretary. she has certainly been good to us. she has been in studio once a month every day monday after the job numbers came out, she was here, and i had a photo, i had a chance to have a good conversation with her and with secretary of transportation ray lahood and tweeted those
pictures out yesterday. sign up to follow up on twitter @bpshow. >> the big scandal about the inaugural is and you may remember yesterday, i was gushing all over the place for beyonce's rendition and performance of the star-spangled banner. he said it was the bet i had ever heard it performed. i said that she proved that you can sing the star-spangled banner after all. maybe i have been wrong to say nobody could sing it and that she, you know, gave it new life and new meaning and then i hear the news she was faking it. a spokesperson for the marine band admitted they got word at the last minute they had it pre
prerecorded and they got word at the last minute that she was going to use the prerecorded version, not the real version. i have to say, here is what it sounded like. it sounds pretty good. ♪ 0, say, can you see by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hail did he twilight's last gleaming. >> now do i feel like a total schmuck? like a total idiot? i feel like actually i have been betrayed. i don't know about you. 866-65 press. this is a big deal for me. the problem is never as good as you think they are. as they seem. look at david individualder or
others, you know. things are never what really they appear to be. i don't know. i believe and peter and i were up so close to the platform we could see her. i mean we could reach out almost. we could have thrown a paper airplane and hit her. >> you tried. >> or a spit ball. right? and i watched her perform. i had no idea. not only that, i had no idea that the marine band wasn't playing either. to me, that's almost more shocking. the marine band was sitting there. they were doing this, you know, and doo-doo-doo. they weren't playing their instruments. they were faking it. the whole gang was faking it. i just feel like, you know i know people lip sink at the big performances. and it's been going on for a
long time for the record, james taylor really did sing. >> so did kelly clarkson. >> so did kelly clarkson. so intiy couldn't beyonce. >> there was also the children's choir that sang and they sang live but they played a pre-recorded track that they sang with. >> but they sang with. >> and the marine corps band didn't try to act like they were playing we were talking again about beyonce being so great. she pulled out her earpiece and thought this showed even more how what great control she was, that she pulled out that earpiece. she pulled it out because she didn't need it. >> yeah. >> i guess the question is: does it really matter? were you surprised? were you disappointed? i was. something about that to me that that kind of tarnishes the
wholesale moan e. barack obama for the record did actually give his inaugural address. >> allegedly. no, you are questioning everything. yes everything, bill. you never know. >> i guess i should. 866-55-press. 866-557-7377. beyonce faking it. beyonce, lip synching. [it matter? does it take anything away from her performance? i think it does. and i am especially disappointed that the marine band would get into this business too. so next time you go to a concert, the sin fon symphony, they are not playing their instruments. they are faking it. >> heard around the country and seen on current tv this is "the bill press show". [ music ]
you know who is coming on to me now? you know the kind of guys that do reverse mortgage commercials? those types are coming on to me all the time now. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were they thinking?
>> chatting with you live at current.com/billpress. this is "the bill press show" live on your radio and current tv. >> you got it. 23 minutes after the hour here on the full court press this wednesday morning, january 23rdrd. debbie wasserman schultz reelected yesterday for another two-year term as the chair of the democratic national committee. she has done a great job. certainly the election results vindicated her tenure as national chair. the president supported her reelection. and she ran unemployed. that news, though from
washington, d.c. kind of over shadowed by of the news yesterday, the news breaking yesterday that beyonce wasn't really performing. she did not perform live. she was lip sinking. the new york daily news front page banner headline today, the whole front page is, "star-spangled scam." we have been talking about this. i must admit that i am more upset about this than other members of our team here but they are often wrong about everything. so, i don't mind that bill. >> i hear what you are saying, and i hear. >> this bothers me. >> i would say if she had really screwed this out. there is a possibility she could have. she is a high-flying singer you know. it's not just james taylor is a folksy kind of guy it didn't require the type of technical singing ability that it requires for beyonce to sing "the
national anthem" not a knock on james taylor. it was two different performers. >> bill: bs. >> it's not. randy, his performance was by no means perfect. i get that >> bill: it was beautiful. >> acoustic guitar. >> that's his style. if she had warbled, it would have been bad and we would have said something else about why should wouldn't have recorded on tape. >> guess what? she is asked to perform. right? because she is a great performer. then go up and do your stuff. if you screw up, you screw up. the president made a mistake in the middle of the speech, forgot a line or the teleprompter stalled, something could have happened. you know, stuff happens. right? take a chance.
>> have you ever sang a song in that cold weather wanting it to be perfect? i certainly haven't. requesting to move it to miami now so everybody is warm. baby. >> everybody. all of the performers did a recorded track. so she chose to go with it. >> kelly clarkson sang live. >> the blue rabbit says i love you, bill, but who the hell cares? >> bill: i care. i care if in front of a million people, somebody fikes it, we should care. >> mitch at midnight said didn't want to harm her imam in blowing it live. by faking it tarnishes her image more so. >> bill: good point. >> from the current chat room current current.com/billpress. joe says, i only can a about these lyip synchers if i am
paying, which a lot of players do including beyonce, he would have been pissed. this wasn't one of those instances >> bill: i put my trust in her and i was praising her performance and everything. i felt like an idiot for being taken in. living in washington, i should have known better. bill was calling from chicago. hey, bill. >> bill, i have to tell you you have a very intelligent staff there >> bill: intelligent staff. >> you guys are smart. >> go on bill what does that say? making a lot of sense. what's that saying about me? you sing the star-spangled banner in a large area with speakers that can shoot back at you or reverb rate back at you? >> like a football stadium?
>> i can't sing the damn song in the shower. >> there you go. you have got to the give it at least, you know, our national song. you have to give her at least credit. i may blow this out there. let's do the recorded version instead. >> i had say if she is going to blow it, quickly, tyra from san francisco >> caller: how are you doing >> bill: good. what's up? >> caller: do i have to talk about beyonce? >> no. >> did she call her beyon-synch. >> from now on. >> that's what we will call her. i will never buy a ticket to one of her concerts. >> she is performing at the halftime of the super bowl. it will be interesting to see if she lip synchs there >> bill: i am not going to watch. you know it will be fake.
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and services. find out more about their good work under president ed smith by visiting them at our their website, ulico, inc., for the union workplace. the president attending the staff ball last night with the first lady as well as the vice president and dr. jill biden. that was the last of the inaugural events, but people will be talking for a long time about the president's inhermanral address and a challenge he made, i think, to all of us, to the american people, and to the united states congress. our good friend paul brandeis who has a great website called "west wing report"? >> reports >> bill: west wing reports. i'm sorry. with an s, a keen observer of the scene at the whitehouse and congress and all things political. paul, good to see you. >> how are you? >> happy new year to you. see, we have had this discussion
on the program. how long do you say, "happy new year year"? i think you say, "happy new year" until the time -- the first time you see friends in the new year, it's still okay to say, "happy new year". >> let's see you haven't seen paul until april or november. then what do you do? >> that's true the there is a statute of limitations on the "happy new year." >> let's restart it. >> two weeks. >> i say end of january. >> end of january. >> four days. >> get out of here. >> bill: how can people find west wing reports? >> west wing reports.com. most people find me on twitter. >>@westwing reports
>>@westwingreports. i was a little surprised. i was very surprised by the president's inaugural address. a lot bolder, you know, an agenda, than i expected from obama going into the second term. ahead of time, people were saying, he is going to say we have to have common ground reach out and cum subways m ba-ya. >> mitch mcconnell said, look, we are clearly back to this era of big spending liberalism. there was no talk of any, you know, medicare cuts now entitlement cuts, obama, i think, from what i saw he appeared to be bluffing when he said, look we really want to make these kind of cuts and have a balanced approach. yes get that sense watching his speech. i mean, obama, you know what his big strategy is here? i mean now that the election is over, he doesn't have to run again. i think what at the really want to do is simply wait for the economy to pick up and grow.
tax revenues will increase. the deficit is already coming down. >> bill: yes. >> people don't understand that. the deficit is already coming down. so what he wants to do is, you know, this rising tide lifts all boats kind of thing. once the economy improves, this heat to cut entitlements they think will probably dissipate. >> that's their strategy >> bill: don't you think it's cheeky of mitch mcconnell to attack the president or criticize. maybe attack is too strong the president for not reaching out in his inaugural address when mitch mcconnell on day 1 of the 2009 said, our number 1 legislative priority is to deny him a second term? right? >> pot meets kettle. absolutely. mitch mcconnell, it was completely hypocritical of him. i mean: are you surprised? that clearly shows you, look, the partisan lines. people thought there is always this in the wake of an election
there is always this period. talk about happy new year. there is this period. i am not sure how long it lasts where people think, okay, maybe this time will be different the perhaps they can get along. that clearly is gone. i think we are back to the old, you know, nasty battles that we have always had. >> now what particularly caught my eye was your piece right after the inauguration ceremony and you have headlined it, why the gop should embrace obama. so if you are talking to john boehner or mitch mcconnell, you will have sort of a different message to them. i don't consider you a liberal democrat or a right-wing republican. right? politics aside. >> i am sort of down the middle. so why would you argue that thegol g.o.p. should embrace obama? >> i didn't write that headline. my friends wrote it but the gist of this article is, is that if you look at everything obama did
or most of the things he did over the past four years, his big policies, he borrowed them from past republican presidents. i went all the way back to nixon. nix on raised taxes on the rich cut them on the poor. ronald reagan backed an assault weapons ban. ronald reagan was the first president to support what we now call cap and trade. ronald reagan. when i tweeted that yesterday, when i wrote about it, of course, i got bombarded with the usual, oh, you are just full of it, bravenld u.s. you don't know what you are talking about. def -- brand u.s. you don't know what you are talking about. people don't get it. ronald reagan. >> the whole tax cutting myth about ronald reagan, raising taxes. they don't want to believe it. >> obama hasn't raised gas taxes. reagan did one better on that. to extend the argument.
>> immigration reform? >> from george w. bush mitt romney's healthcare provider. on and on. so when i say, and yet for all of these things that he has done, he has copied all of these big ideas from republicans. again, going all the way back and then to nixon and yet their response is, he is just a fascist, a socialist. really? what were nixon and reagan and george w. bush for god's sake? they completely shunned their own. they ignored their own history >> bill: they don't recognize their own ideas. right? when they are staring them in the face. >> i think most people can recognize the republican party of today is not the republican party of 20, 30 years ago. most people who look at this independently can see that. but i think the bigger question is: is there ever going to be anything that's a wake-up call for them? what would the wake-up call be that they say, okay. we really need to change here? >> i think the wake-up call if
you delve into these poll numbers from these election night numbers we were just talking about this, you know, off there, they lost the hispanic vote by 44 points. they only lost it by 36 in 2008 and on and on. so these trends are moving in the wrong direction. ig that's what you call a wake-up call. so some of these republicans, they have got to wake up and start to change or, you know, they are in long-term trouble. >> bill: jonathan websitesitzman in "the new york times," in line with what we were talking about says that he believes the inaugural address give republicans an stark choice either accommodate the president's agenda off immigration, guns, energy and social programs and hope to take the liberal edge off of some of those or basically continue as they have been doing. dig in as the last bull wells
fargo bank against a re-elected president and accept the political risks. they have this fork in the rode. or are they going to be the party to get things done but moderating? >> i think that's right on. there are childrens in the republican armor. if you look at what's happened in the last couple of weeks or so, republicans caved on taxes on new year's eve. i think obama peeled away 85 republican votes on tax hikes. what happened to this once, you know, rock-solid g.o.p. caucus even paul ryan voted with the president on that their bluff has been called on the debt ceiling.
we don't want to shut down the government. so, it looks like republicans are fighting among themselves. so this debate is already underway in the republican party. >> yeah. the. >> the president understands this. that combined with the 332 electoral votes he got, i think he is in a stronger -- i think he is in a stronger position now than he has been probably in four years. so he has less incentive now to be mr. nice than he has in quite some time. i think we are seeing that. >> right. i was going to say, i think we see that he senses that as well. >> yeah. >> he feels that he is projecting it. i don't know whether -- i forget whether you were there the day he announced his measures on gun violence for example. >> yeah. >> that was straight o here is what we are going to do. whereas before on so many issues, they might say, you and i both heard robert gibbs and jay carney say we can't push for that because congress has to do it and we don't have the votes
if congress. da-da. the assault weapons ban, right thing to do. join the conversation, 866-55-press, very important questions now about the direction we go post-in augustral and particularly the choices the republicans mate make. paul brandus from west wing reports here on the "full-court press" this wednesday morning. we will be right back. >> radio meets television "the bill press show" now on current tv. >> government is going to help you fund your healthcare. really? i want to have those conversations, not to be confrontational, but to understand what the other side is saying, and i'd like to arm
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i mean the limitation he faces, the fiscal limitations he faces are going to prevent him from any of these -- you know, there aren't going to be any big expensive jobs programs. those kind of things that pat presidents have always done. >> that's the first thing. then, again, this hyper partisan gridlock that he has. i mean he is going to be checked at every turn. so i think the speech was good in that at least from his standpoint, laid out this liberal ayend a that he wants, but, boy, how are we going to get it done considering the fact that the checkbook is kind of bear and everything is going to block you. it makes it so much harder. >> the votes were not there. clearly as you point out, the votes were not there, even though it's a republican plan basically. >> yeah. >> identical to george w. bush's plan. the votes were not there in the first term. he didn't try to get the votes either. right? didn't send a bill up.
he didn't do you think he will fight a good fight for that, on guns, climate change which he did nothing about in the first four years? >> the difference now, take immigration, for example, we just talked about how much better he did with hispanics. >> how much worse republicans did. >> yeah. >> so i think what the president at least on immigration, i think, is playing with a much stronger hand than he was a couple of months ago and it's republicans who are going to have to change to accommodate this fast-growing voting block. i think what the president can do, at least on immigration, is he can wait for the republicans to soften their position this talk about self deportation. you are not going to hear any of that stuff. the president can simply sit back, nudge them along a little bit but it's the republicans who are going to have to change to
accommodate him. so i think that's what you call leverage. so i think what the president -- i think immigration, i think i could see him getting a big immigration -- >> that's the one issue where he is most likely to get something done. two quick questions and we will let you go. whatever happened to mitt romney? do you ever see anybody -- >> who? >> disappear so fast? >> it's january. off visiting i guess. >> nobody talks about him? >> he is done. he is done, obviously, with politics. according to his son. he didn't really wanted to run anyway. if you believe that, and the republican party wants nothing to do with him. i think he is fine with that. the biggest issue of the day,
beyonce. >> beyonsymch. >> yeah. >> bill: should we care about this? you better say yes, because otherwise you will join the crowd of weaklings? >> i don't know. i mean she is a world-class performer. >> how do we know? >> well the fact that she couldn't do that, she got nervous, you know, maybe she thought she would freak out on national television, would forget the words. the president is there oh, my gosh. i don't know. she could have carried that off, for god's sake. >> i think so. >> i don't know. >> i am sure she could have pulled that off. i could sure she could have. it's nice to know there was a back-up and i am not that put off by the whole idea for using the tape. >> to me, unfortunately, it sums up what washington was all about. don't believe anything you see or hear. >> absolutely. nothing is as good as it seems.
california and the director of catholic united james saulk. james here to talk about the they are lodge theological over tones in the president's inaugural address. >> speaking of the president he has a light schedule at 10:30, he and the vice president will receive the daily briefing and then the president and the vice president will meet a little bit later, at 12:30, for lunch at the same time that jay carney will be holding his press briefing at the whitehouse. and i will be there for -- well i will be there for the briefing. i haven't been invited to the lunch with the president and the -- >> not yet >> bill: and vice president. otherwise, i think the president is going to be working on some more of those cabinet appointments. secretary ray lahood talked to him yesterday about whether he will hang around or not. we will find out. >> this is "the bill press
show." >> good morning, everybody. welcome to the full contract press here on current t.v. good to see you today. it is wednesday, january 23rd coming to you live from our nation's capitol. we will bring you up to date on what's happening here in washington, d.c., around the country and around the globe and give you a chance to sound off on the issues of the day give us a call at 866-55-press. republicans are all upset with president obama's inaugural address. they are bitching about the fact
that he didn't reach out enough. yeah, reach out. why should he reach out. >> that's what he did in his first inaugural address. remember? that that's what he did for the first three and a half years of his presidency. remember? what did all of that reaching out get president obama? republicans stabbed him in the back every time he tried to reach out to them. mr. president, no more reaching out. this will gang doesn't deserve it. that and a whole lot more here this next hour of the "full-court press." but first we will take a break, get the latest. today's current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. it's all yours. >> good morning, everyone. some house democrats are meeting with gun rights advocates today as parted of an effort to improve gun safety nationwide. brett mike thompson serves the gun violence task force and says he is looking for today's hearing about recommendations about keeping guns away from criminals while preserving
second amendment rights. thompson's panel is hoping to accurately legislation that can with stand the republican held house. the group will hear from the atf as well as health and law enforcement representatives and the top lobbyists this week. the senate plans on holding an open amendment vote. this could increase its chances of passing letting both sides of the aisle tackle the specific andments. it could weaken the bill since republicans will be able to change the language and reduce the bill's broad reach. majority reader lead says he is hoping to get the bill through the judiciary committee but he has made it clear he does not support an all-out ban on assault weapons. hillary clinton will face a tough grilling today from the house and senate foreign relations committees. she is set to testify on the september 11th attacks on benghazi. new information suggs am bats dor christopher stephens once
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>> broadcasting across the nation, on your radio and on current tv this is "the bill press show". >> it turns out she wasn't really singing for real. the big disappointment beyonce was lip-syncing, the star-spangled scam. what do you say? it is the full court press here on wednesday january 23rdrd. good to see you today. thank you for joining us. we are coming to you live all the way across this great land of ours all the way from monterey, california to
washington, d.c. out to your local talk radio station and here on current tv. good to see you today. we invite you to join the conversation at any time. of course, you can do so the old fashion way. 866-55-press the you can follow us on twitter and on facebook. go to facebook.com/billpressshow. still talking about the powerful inauguration sar knownceremony and that powerful speech of president obama on monday. joining us in studio for his take as a member of congress from california and a member of the progressive caucus of the congress congressman sam farr. good morning. good to see you. >> all right. when i mentioned monterey california, there it is. your district. right?
>> whole central coast, santa cruz, monterey. >> do you guys ever -- i am sure there is some competition of who has the most beautiful district? >> no. there never is. always monterey. it's because every member of this one time in their life drives to california coastline and goes through carmel and they, you know, and the big question s. my god living there, why would you come here? >> a day like today when it's 12 degrees out when you wake up. >> so i know your district well congressman. let's take santa cruz monterey carmel and big sur. if anybody tries to beat that, forget it. >> they tried. the hawaiins try it but that's an island. >> good to have you here with the team peter ogburn and dan
henning. our video engineer keeping us looking good on -- well sort of looking good. >> doing what we can. it's a tough gig. >> they have the public doors and people come through. they got a little surprise action some of them did yesterday. here is what it sounded like. >> the first lady. >> came in with bo. >> oh, my god. the highlight event. all anybody wants to see. >> that doesn't take every time you take a white house tour? >> bow might be. no. can you imagine for those people what a great surprise turned around and walk in the room and there is the president and the first lady? and you are right. >> my grandchildren are here i should have taken them yesterday. that would have been a day.
>> to play with bo. >> so we got a lot to talk about and take your calls a little bit later in the hour james saulk, the executive director of catholics united to talk about some of the theological tones we heard in the president's inaugural address. we get to our conversation with congressman sam farr but first: >> other headlines making news on this wednesday, the woman whose face was used in the manti te'o girlfriend hoax spoke out yesterday on the today's show that raney tosopo. >> what was her name? >> his name. >> ranea hosopoho. >> that was a bad attempt. >> used her image without her knowledge or permission as the face of the fake dead girlfriend
twitter account who was lane lane kokua. >> she said shall guy she went to high school with was not close with called her to apologize on the day that deadson broke the story about the hoax but she said there is nothing he can do to fix this. she lives in california, has never met manti te'o, barely knows who he is. >> bill: given those names we should never have believed any of this in the first place. >> seriously. man, that's confusing. >> bill: you say he is the guy who set up the hoax. i think manti te'o was in on it. >> had to be in on it. >> we are waiting for more. >> that's for sure >> bill: when does he talk to katie curry? >> i don't know. soon. betting has gun in los angeles on super bowl 47, the las vegas sports book says the amount of money placed odd this game may come close to the highest 5789 ever. that was $95 million in 2006. they are calling the 49ers,
rainfalls match-up an intriguing game because of the brother coaches. ray louis's coming retirement. san francisco currently favored by 4. >> congressman, you have to be for the 49ers. >> i was with nancy pelosi last night. baltimore and representing san francisco. >> 49ers. >> she is 49ers? >> yeah. absolutely. it's tough, you know, her family roots are deep in baltimore. >> coaches rivalry. >> it was the after party at the whitehouse late monday night after the two inaugural balls. washington post reports celebrities including kelly clarkson, ashley judd katie perry were at the executive mansion until at least 2:30 in the morning partying it up. the president and first lady
were there no word on how lay they stayed up. >> that hereminds me of some of the parties i used to attend in sacrament 0 when i was living there. >> i don't want to talk about those. >> don't you think it's a breath of fresh air we have a president that is stirring things up and getting people excited about government? >> speaking of getting excited, you are a proud liberal, proud progressive. i am sure when you heard the president's inaugural address, right, it kind of ran g home? >> i thought it was the right message following his examcampaign. this is what it is about. he elections are about the first day of school. this is it.
i 245u9 that was one of the most poignant statements he made. we know they are going to try to block every single thing. the country is if you areous. the blame goes squarely to the republicans. they don't want to do business. they don't want to be ledgelators. they want to cut squeeze, bitch and it's awful. the mood is not going to change. >> the president what i love often, even liberals have a hard time saying this is what i mean by being like a liberal. you go back to the constitution and guarantee equal rights for every american and make it real. you make it real for women and for blacks and for gays and for poor and for rich for everybody. >> great job.
>> con. >> that was an inaugural address, not state of the union. >> that's on february 12th. >> that's in two weeks. i hope that message and the excitement, you know what i love, kids are in this is who have never been in washington. we have schools from my district, from east salinas, sixty kids came. they had to raise $2,000 from poor farm-working families. >> no kidding? >> they were the most excited people in washington to see this and to be there even though they didn't get into the, you know, into the front rows or anything. just being in the crowd. to listen to them live: they would have a whole new interest in the politics and government at the local, state, federal level. this is the renewal of the american dream of, you know
participatory democracy. >> on that point, he was going to ask you about that one of the central things was that government can't do everything, but there is a lot government can do and government is really us working together. it is always a partnership. what about we need roads? yeah, fire department. we need a police department. we need a military. yeah, public education is a good thing. i am glad that healthcare is controlled by government and in the sense of, you know making it accessible and making people with pre-existing conditions to be able to have access to insurance. certainly people like the fact we have the fda, food and drug administration to make sure that the drugs we are selling are safe and sound, things like that. >> the meat we are buying is not tainted. the list goes on and on. so when everybody says we don't like government or there is too much of it, you begin drilling down and they will accept the fact that what we saw where you
do all of the licensing of businesses how most politics is about business, about businesses coming to government and saying regulate us. may sure if people are going to sell houses, you have a licensing program. we want doctors to be licensed. teachers, child care licensed. they want government to create angequal playingfield at least a professional field and ask government to set up standards. >> congressman sam farr. what is the number of your district. >> used to be 17th. now it's the 20th. >> our guest in studio your calls welcome and your questions 866-55-press. so as you mentioned, some of the republicans in leadership, they are not happy with the president. here is mitch mcconnell complaining, congressman, that the president didn't reach out.
>> i think the president's inaugural address was disappointing in that it was basically a liberal agenda directed at an american we still believe is center-right. i don't think that's a great way to start off a second term if your idea, here, is to achieve bi-partisan solutions. >> bi-partisan. so this is a guy who said day one of the president's term in office, in 2009, our one goal is to prevent him from getting a second term. now he is complaining the president is not reaching out. >> he got a second term and he called on the voices to unite. and those voices are republican voices. there are a lot of proceed choice republicans environmental republicans. they don't buy this agenda. there are a lot of gun owners who want regulations. i think
i think what he is worried about is his primary. i don't know how he could get more right than mitch mcconnell. maybe somebody is thinking of running against him. >> the president did say we the people. right? he talked about working together again. that includes republicans. i keep coming back to how many times does this, you and i have talked about this, how many times has this president reached out? for example, theo john boehner. what did he get for it? those of us in the progressive caucus, where was the progressive? where was the liberal? what surprises me is that the republicans haven't realized that the country's governed much more conservatively than it has been in the past.
even things bush was able to accomplish, this has notpresident hasn't been able to accomplish. >> the caucus, you and other members of the progressive caucus going up to baltimore for a little retreat. let's talk about what the caucus would like to see. we are here with congressman sam farr from california on the 23u8 court press, again you are welcome to join the conversation at 866-55-press. >> this is "the bill press show." armed with the facts, and the arguments to feel confident in their positions. i want them to have the data and i want them to
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>> this is "the full court press: the bill press show," live on your radio and on current tv. >> 25 minutes after the hour catholics united joining us in the next segment of the show. right now, we are talking inaugural address, the president's agenda and the agend agenda of the house of representatives with congressman sam farr from california. congressman, thanks for coming in today. peter ogburn follows the twitter and facebook comments. >> yes indeed. tweeting @bpshow on twitter. find us there. led plant says, it tans a republican mind to interpret president obama's speech talking about common good as a did i have vicive speech. know truth says besides the real story, the liberals and democrats need to be worried about is not if beyonce lip
synchi synchs. but the gerrymandering, they waited for their civil rights leader, senator henry marsh to leave town to vote on the gerrymander calling bill. getting comments on beyonce. bashrbara says she is gorgeous and talented. her voice inspires. leave her alone. >> bill: no. >> find us on twitter @bp show. >> i am disappointed. congressman, tuesday morning, yesterday morning, i was gushing all over what a phenomenal job beyonce did. >> don't tell me james taylor -- i thought he sounded awful good for his age. great voice. >> he did. >> he was live. >> right? >> thank god. >> did you recommends she was lip synching? i was looking at her. >> you saw the front.
do you meet in a phone booth? >> the largest in congress bigger than the united states senate. >> no kidding. >> yeah. >> get everybody to go to meet in washed. >> they are being progressive . >> like herding cats. you can't do it. >> so what impact do you feel you can have on this congress given john boehner and the tea party couldn't get anything done? >> politics in lining up votes and taking positions is all pressure. it's lobbying within our colleague, whipping them, so to speak. fortunately, minnesotaed people feel like the progressive
caucus, that's why it's so big. our agend is all of the progressive issues, medicare and social security and make sure it's the most vulnerable people in this country are protected. we are also going to start. i am going to be involved in this. kind of a rural strategy because america, the rural areas of america have been forgotten. secretary vilsack said before committee, if you look at america, rural america has been in depression. many are fleeing the rural areas. there is nothing happening. nobody is investing in these communities. >> bill: the democratic party has forgotten? >> both parties have done it. those people are middle class, lower middle class. they are the democratic party: we haven't done a good job of listening and investing in them >> bill: you have work ahead of your, congressman. thank you for fighting the good fight. thank for coming in today. see you again soon. >> this is "the bill press
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liunabuildsamerica.org. secretary of state, hillary clinton testifying today in front of the senate foreign relations committee. at least on the house, about benghazi. republicans still trying to beat that drum and make a political issue out of the assassination of american asbassador. john kerry will be testifying tomorrow for his confirmation hearing, actually, in front of the senate foreign relations committee, which should be interesting because he is the chairman of that committee. i would think the chairman should get pretty good reception by members of that committee. we will find out in the meantime. most of the conversations still revolving around the president's inaugural address, and i wanted to play one quick clip before we introduce our guest. this is maybe the line in the speech that got the most applause and one that people may long remember about the president's inaugural where he
talked about expanding equal rights and equality to all americans, even this little girl. >> we are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else because she is an american. she is free, and she is equal not just in the eyes of god, but also in our own. >> bill: it was wainone of the many references to god, to the crater, to god-given rights in the president's inaugural address. james saulk is the executive director of catholics united joining us on our news line this morning. james, in many ways, this was a theological message on the part of the president. wasn't it? >> absolutely. the president was laying out a humanitarian vision for our nation and addressed many of the most important pressing issues of our day. for me what stood out were his
commitment to climate change action and solidarity with our lgbt brothers and sisters, issues that reflect a sense of the common good for climate change, immigration, ending war, issues that unite us. that affects all of us. >> he did so he did so by issuing those in the constitution, but he didn't mention the bible. right? but there were i seemed to me to say if we are working on these issues, poverty, climate change or lgbt rights or civil rights we are not only rooting ourselves in the constitution, but we are following the bible, the principles of the bible.
or did i read too much into that? >> i think he is speaking of the values that underlie the issues that we care about the issues that unite us all. and that make us american. you are exactly right. >> that's important to move the debate forward that may not speak. the values. it's how we are going to unite the country to move forward >> bill: one of the issues the president talked about, of course, is -- and he put some proposals out on gun violence. again, i think following the president's inaugural address, he would also make the same argument that this is part of the common good and part of, also, where our faith should be leading us. correct? >> correct. >> >> bill: in terms of protecting
our children from gun violence. go ahead. >> and we know that for example n cities across this country, its pastors and families and churches that are burying the young men who are dying in great numbers from handgun violence. it's many of the black pastors and inner city churches that are on the front lines of the gun issue that have been moving this issue forward. it's not just in the columbine and sandy hook. it's every street corner in urban america that has to deal with a family member who has been lost at a too-early age because of the high number of i will lessi. licit guns in the country >> bill: what role, if any, are faith leaders, do you feel or any plans for faith leaders to really be actively supporting
the president's agenda these issues that he talked about, james? james. >> certainly, you know, on immigration reform we know that the faith community squarely behind solidarity with latinos who live in the shadows of this country, again, because many pastors deal with those situations in a very personal way. they live in the shadows. the faith community will be there. i want to point out that the concern i have is on the lgbt solidarity which was so important in that speech >> bill: yes. >> it's moved the debate forward. we know for example, in 2010, the bishops hijacked healthcare reform by being up until the very end. at the very end, said this is not good enough.
the big issue is for spousal reunification for same-sex partners and whether the bishops will hijack the debate around allowing same-sex couples to be part of the debate moving forward >> bill: i wanted to ask you about the role. it's a little dicey, you know, with catholics united. if you look at the faith community and public statements by pastors and rapbbis and others in support of the president's agenda, for several of these issues at any rate the group that is not part of this coalition are the catholic byrnes who have been critical of the president on the contraception issue, on the lgbt issue particularly. is that an awkward situation for
the catholic church? or what are catholic democrats supposeddon. >> the catholic byrneses are in a lunch. they lost this election. that has to be abundantly clear >> bill: they opposed obama and lost the election. >> i was at the prayer service yesterday with the president, and the cardinal was there. i was glad that i was there. this president of our country for the next four years. i think the bishop is going to have to realize that the democrats are the game in town right now. they have to play nice if they want to get anything done. hopefully immigration will be a great way to prove that. but again, i am still a little bit worried. i also want to say, you know, the administration misstepped, remember, when they announced benedict -- a pastor who was to give the benediction who had
some comments he had made about lgbt folks that was offensive. this is something the administration needs to get better on, in terms of vetting their speakers. and it's high time for evangelicals and catholics to come out and say with the president, that we don't tolerate bigotrynym in the 21st century >> bill: unfortunately, that pastor did everybody a favor by stepping down and taking his name out of consideration. well james, the ceremonies are over. the action begins right now to try to get this agenda passed, certainly the role of the faith community will be very important which is why we wanted to speak to this morning. thank you for joining us, james salt, executive director of catholics united. follow him online at
catholics-united.com. thanks, james. we will be right back here. peter, i am upset. it may not the most important issue but i am upset about beyonce who will now forever be known as beyonsynch. she was faking it, folks. does that make you as angry and disappointed as it does me? or is it a big deal? it's the star-spangled scam. scam. >> heard around the country. >> yes. can we go to break now? >> bill: we can go to break. >> take us to break, dan. >> around the country and seen on current tv. this is "the bill press show." >> you're welcome current tv audience for the visual candy. just be grateful current tv does not come in smellivision. the sweatshirt is nice and all but i could use a golden lasso. (vo) only on current tv.
>> this is the full court press, live on your radio and current tv >> bill: before the top of the hour, thirteen minutes. the glory of the inaugural ceremony, a little tarnished today with news that beyonce wasn't actually singing live. she was lip synching. i feel betrayed i don't know about you. 866-55-press. we will get right back to that. first, you heard me talk about ancestry.com and the fun that i have been having checking out my family roots and tracing -- of which i was able with ancestry.com, face can my roots from the town i grew up in delaware city, delaware to salem, new jersey, just across the river, but the important thing is i was able to -- i
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me. some people don't care. >> you are getting comments because you say you feel cheated >> bill: i do. >> ld woods says jesus, bill, get over it. let's see you do it >> bill: come on. i wouldn't pretend to do it. i am not beyonce. >> three-dog man says please let it go. frankie says beyonce did sing the national anthem on tape. she did perform it live technically. everyone enjoyed it. there is nothing for us to complain about here >> bill: it's like going to a nightclub and you see a drag queen. >> go on >> bill: like performing, i don't know. >> name a popular drag queen >> bill: pretending to be barbara streisand and singing "funny girl." it's not real but
you know it's not real. >> how embarrassing. >> we thought bey thochlt nce was real. i thought she was real. >> mitch micky said please give it a break. i am about to put you on mute. you are being such a winehiner about this. >> bill: somebody fikes it. the problem is this is a town of fakers. >> i would agree with you on that >> bill: this is a town of fakers. for that, if you sort of thought everything was real. james taylor was real. kelly clarkson was real. barack obama was real. john roberts. sonia sotomayor. screw it, if beyonce can't sing for real, get somebody else up there. january is out in chicago. hi jan. >> hi, bill. i always love your point of view. so i am with you. in the minority >> bill: you and me together, babe. >> that's it. go ahead. >> yeah. but, you know, james taylor was interviewed on one of the programs yesterday, and he said
he was concerned for himself that his fingers might freeze up and he couldn't play his guitar. >> that was my first thought when i saw him get the guitar out. >> that really is unfair of her at the very least to put those other two performers in the position where they could fall flat on their face because of the weather, but she is too important. she can't fall flat on her face because of the weather. so she is going to fake it. >> yeah. >> plus she put the marine corps band in a bad position. i think they were outraged like what the hell? this is not what we do. we are marines. suck it up. >> we don't know how it went down with the marines. but i agree that, you know i am a little more concerned about the fact that the marine corps band sat up there and perpetrated this thing like they were playing live. >> that's because she is such
that she wanted it. >> bill: blame her. they wanted to play for real. i don't know. jan, semper fi became sometimes fi. sometimes fi. they are going to change the symbol on the uniforms. britain calling from denver colorado. what do you say? >> i agree with you they should say beyonce will relay her performance of the star-spangled banner >> bill: tell us. she is going to get up and lip synch a pre-recorded version of "the star-spangled banner." all i've got to say is i want to believe. i think the president gave his speech for real. >> we hope. >> bill: i think he did. >> we hope so. >> bill: but now, you know
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the sweatshirt is nice and all but i could use a golden lasso. (vo) only on current tv. [ music ] >> the parting shot with bill press, this is "the bill press show." >> bill: yes, on this wednesday, january 23rd my parting shot and a final word about beyonce, after gushing all day yesterday about her magnificent rendition of "the star-spangled banner," i said it was the best i ever heard, i feel like a complete fool
because she was not singing. she was lip singing. that has been confirmed by the marine band and the marine band itself, was not playing instruments. they were just pretending to. what i ask is: how could we all have been so easily duped? especially those of us who live here in washington, d.c.? didn't we remember the cardinal rule of washington, d.c. that nobody here is as good as they seem to be? and nothing here is really what we think it is. we learned that lesson one more time yesterday i guess. all we can be grateful for is that the president of the united states -- james taylor and kelly clarkson and the president of the united states all did their thing live. they were willing to take the risk of making a mistake. my parting shot for today: former senator and democratic leader of the senate, tom dasc